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Fra'mani "savory meatloaf" at SF Costco

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I went to Costco today for the first time in many years and for the first time as a San Franciscan. I nearly fell over when I saw Fra'mani savory meatloaf in the refrigerator section. Neither I nor my husband-to-be even likes meatloaf very much, but Fra'mani is far and away my favorite of the local artisan sausages, so I am willing to try anything their name on the package. Three pounds, $15, in two packages, with a tomato sauce. Will be dinner someday soon.

An earlier post noted that Richmond Costco stocked Fra'mani cooked sausage, as of last year : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/446721 .

I didn't have time today to find other Fra'mani products at SF Costco -- I think it takes practice to navigate the store -- but if I looked harder would I have found more?

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  1. Yes. We buy the Fra'mani Italian sausages at the SF Costco. They are with all the other sausages.

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    1. re: srr

      Do they have the cooked or raw sausages? Guess I'm going back to Costco soon! Next time I'll do more research here about favorite Costco products.

      1. re: david kaplan

        Cooked spicy Italian.

        1. re: david kaplan

          I've had these from the Mountain View Costco. They're pretty good.

      2. I saw that meatloaf at the San Leandro Costco this week and was curious about it. I look forward to your report!

        1. Is this non-dairy? I am curious. Thanks.

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          1. re: grishnackh

            Nope. Contains milk, cheese, and glutens.

            Pork and beef are the first two ingredients.

          2. Hard times are here again.

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            1. re: keg

              Not so hard when you're eating designer label meatloaf. Wait until meat loaf dominates the home cooking board.

            2. I was buying the Fra'mani meatloaf from Costco for a while but then they stopped carrying it. LOVE IT. Perfect size for 2 people for dinner, and some left over for lunch.

              Anyone seen it recently?

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              1. re: lamster

                Not at SF Costco around a week ago.

                1. re: david kaplan

                  Bought Fra Mani turkey meatloaf at Sacramento Costco today. They also had Fra Mani premade pasta bolognese and a plain polenta. Looking forward to trying the meatloaf, didn't pick up the other two items though.

                  1. re: spineguy

                    I picked up the polenta, and they also had the other two at the SF costco.

                  2. re: david kaplan

                    This Chron article says the turkey meat loaf is one of the 4 things Fra'mani makes for Costco. It's a decent read as well.

                    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

                    1. re: ML8000

                      That was a good article. I have such a tremendous amount of respect for Paul Bertolli. I remember eating at Oliveto for the first time in '92 or '93 and it was a relevation. We have since moved to Sacramento and still go to Oliveto occasionally, even though Paul is no longer cooking there. His influence is still apparent though, and it remains one of our favorite restaurants.

                2. Went to Costco this weekend and found the savory meatloaf, cooked sausage and polenta. I bought the meatloaf as I am a fan of it from last year. I also grabbed a package of the sausages but I haven't tried it yet. I would have been tempted to get the polenta too but they were giving out samples and I wasn't a fan. Not enough flavor and was on the cold side - though that's a problem with the Costco worker, not the actual product itself.

                  The meatloaf though... we had it last night and it was turkey meatloaf. I think last year, it was beef? Can someone confirm that for me? Both versions are good though I think I prefer the beef.

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                  1. re: lamster

                    I have both in the freezer. Last years meatloaf was a beef/pork Polpettone. The new one is turkey. I haven't tried it yet, but I am hoping it is not as oily as the old one. I am really looking forward to the beef braised in Zinfandel.

                    1. re: oaktowngirl

                      Thanks oaktowngirl. I couldn't remember!

                      1. re: lamster

                        I found the beef in zin up here in the Pacific Northwest - anyone tried it yet?

                        1. re: blkery

                          Yummy. Rich, really a boeuf bourgignon, Italian style. Served with the organic polenta.

                          1. re: oaktowngirl

                            I tried it out and followed the heating directions on the stovetop (5 min on medium give or take), but the beef turned out pretty tough. I left the range for a minute with the pot covered and came back to find it at moderate boil. You can tell I don't braise much - would this have toughened the meat?

                            1. re: blkery

                              I warmed ours in the oven, covered in foil, per the directions and found the meat too dense/tough for our taste. We prefer a "looser" meatloaf, so we won't be buying the meatloaf again. We also prefer a sweeter glaze and more sauce on top.

                              1. re: cvhound

                                Oh, sorry, I was referring to the braised beef.

                  2. I purchased the turkey meatloaf at Costco, but separated the two meals and threw away the instructions... duh. Will someone post the cooking instructions - preferably the oven directions. Thanks.

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                    1. re: karnps

                      You could contact Fra'mani for that: http://www.framani.com/write_to_us